Collective recycling schemes set up to deal with waste electronic products sold before the introduction of new EU treatment rules are hampering the introduction of individual producer responsibility for new products and the push towards greener design this was supposed to create, according to a major manufacturer.
Kieren Mayers of Sony told a conference in Brussels on Wednesday that the predicted design improvements "are not happening". This is because collective financing schemes set up by producers to share the cost of treating "historical" waste have been extended to handle newly-generated waste too, he said (EED 08/04/02).
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